The Lake Districts picturesque patchwork of lakes, valleys, woodlands and fells make it one of the best places in Britain to get out with the family and experience the great outdoors. Whether exploring The Lakes Distillery, enjoying a leisurely bike ride down country lanes or shopping in beautiful market towns, Cumbria is the place to visit this Easter. 

The highly anticipated The Lakes Distillery has opened on its idyllic rural site near Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria boasting a world class Visitor Centre, artisan bar and bistro just miles from the ancient market town of Cockermouth. 

The state of the art Visitor Centre takes guests on an atmospheric tour of how the Lakes Malt, The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka are made as well as including a visit to the distillery’s warehouse where the whisky matures. Visitors are taken on a high definition cinematic journey following the water used within the spirits from the River Derwent as it flows down from its source at Sprinkling Tarn through Keswick, into Bassenthwaite Lake and on to the Irish Sea.

The distillery tour also tells the story of Cumbria’s most notorious distiller and smuggler, Lancelot ‘Lanty’ Slee, who plays a key role in the unique tour making it fun and informative for children and adults alike. Tours conclude in the Tasting Room where guests can raise a glass and be taken on a concluding journey of the palate.

Housed in the distillery’s courtyard, The Bistro at the Distillery offers delicious honest food served in relaxed but chic surroundings. Overseen by nationally renowned chef and restaurateur Terry Laybourne, the casual bar and bistro is a vibrant eatery seating a total of 130 guests both inside and out. The bistro also houses the distillery’s Board Room, a stylish private dining area for 30 people where the casks of maturing whisky can be viewed.

More information about the Lakes Distillery is available at www.lakesdistillery.com 

More information about The Bistro at The Lakes and sample menus is available at: www.lakesdistillery.com/en/bistro-and-bar

The Lakes Distillery is open seven days a week, from 11am to 6.00pm for tours and the bistro 11am to 9pm. Tours last approximately 45/60 minutes.

  • Standard tours are priced at £12.50 for adults, £5.00 for 13 – 17 yrs (accompanied by an adult)

**High resolution images available for download at TheLakesDistilleryEaster **

Media Contacts – Emma Campbell and Caroline Cockburn at O PR

Emma@opr.co.uk / Caroline@opr.co.uk / 0191 232 5690

Notes to Editors:

The ONE, The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Vodka and both the Connoisseurs’ Club and Founders’ Club are available to buy online at http://www.lakesdistillery.com/shop/

The Lakes Distillery

Close to Bassenthwaite Lake, in an area of unimaginable beauty encircled by Cumbrian fells, is the perfect home for the first-ever Lakes Distillery.

The experienced team behind the Lakes Distillery, which includes managing director Paul Currie who co founded the Arran Distillery, Master Distiller Chris Anderson with over 30 years’ experience and Alan Rutherford a former Production Director of Diageo, have renovated the historic buildings of an old Victorian Model Farm next to the famous river Derwent and close to Bassenthwaite Lake, and are producing a new world-class single malt whisky.

The water from the famous River Derwent, with its source high up in the fells, a team steeped in whisky experience, and perfect conditions for distilling are set to create a very special malt.

The Lakes Distillery opened to the public in December 2014. The Lakes Single Malt began production November 2014 and will be available late 2017, and its blended whisky from the British Isles, called The ONE, the Lakes Gin and the Lakes Vodka are available to buy now.